Lifestyle Before Medication

A pharmacist's perspective on health and metabolic disease

How many lives will be lost if we wait decades for action?

Apart from being best-selling authors, clinicians and public health researchers, what else do Aseem Malholtra, Grant Schofield and Robert Lustig have in common?  They have teamed up to take on … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Leptin, insulin, triglycerides, and obesity

While insulin is becoming more recognised as a major player in metabolic health, there are a number of other hormones that deserve attention.  One of these is leptin.  Leptin is … Continue reading

April 27, 2018 · 1 Comment

Low Carb Breckenridge 2018

This is a very delayed post, but I really underestimated how badly only having one usable arm* would affect life in general, (for example, getting dressed, eating food, tying shoelaces)  … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Sleep and insulin resistance

Sleeping badly for any reason is well-known to cause or aggravate poor health.   This is one reason why shift workers can often be at higher risk of metabolic disease. In … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Healthcare from the other side…….

It’s been a busy few weeks/months?  for me.   For a number of years I have had issues with waking up  with paraesthesias (pins and needles) in one or both hands, … Continue reading

March 25, 2018 · 1 Comment

Happy New Year! What motivates you?

It’s the New Year, a time when traditionally people make resolutions about their health, often with over ambitious plans that will never succeed.    What does your resolution list look … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reducing the risk of sunburn through diet

Cherries and Apricots in the supermarket, and the pohutukawa trees are looking marvelous with their red blossom.  All signs that we are near to Christmas*.  But when you live in … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

Is HOMA a useful measure?

The Journal of Insulin Resistance (edited by Jason Fung) has just published our article from my PhD looking at the repeatability characteristics of HOMA 2 measures. When I first started … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Dual Oscillation Model: Why insulin is secreted in a pulsatile fashion.

Along with many other experts, I see little value in measuring fasting insulin.  However, my reasons may differ to others.   One reason is that fasting insulin does not generally reflect … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

In response to Mac Mckenna: Taxing sugar does not discourage its use.

On Monday, the 2017 FIZZ (fighting sugar in soft-drinks) symposium was held in Auckland.  There was an overwhelming support for New Zealand to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.   Today, this opinion … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

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